Gameday Preview: Greyhounds open divisional trip in SarniaFriday, November 01, 2013 by: Brad Coccimiglio
A pair of divisional games highlight the weekend schedule for the Soo Greyhounds as they hit the road for two games beginning Friday night in Sarnia.
Friday night marks the second meeting between the Greyhounds and Sarnia Sting in nine days after the two clubs met on Oct. 23 at the Essar Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. That night, the Greyhounds skated away with an 8-3 win thanks to seven unanswered goals.
That night, the Greyhounds fell behind 3-1 in the second period and scored three times in the second period and four more times in the third for the win. Michael Bunting led the Greyhounds with three goals and an assist in the win while Jorgen Karterud, Andrew Fritsch, Tyler Gaudet and Sergey Tolchinsky all had three-point nights for the Greyhounds. For a full recap from the Oct. 23 Greyhounds win, click here.
The Greyhounds enter action on Friday night having won eight of 10 and the team has moved into the Canadian Hockey Leagueâ€™s weekly top 10 rankings at seventh. The Greyhounds, thanks to an 11-1-0-2 record, currently sit first in the OHLâ€™s West Division and second in the Western Conference, just two points behind the Guelph Storm.
The Sting have struggled out of the game to a 4-10-0-1 record through 15 games and have lost three straight entering Fridayâ€™s game. The team has also had some personnel changes in recent days with the biggest move being the trade of former first round pick Brett Hargrave. Hargrave left the team, looking for a fresh start with a new team and was subsequently dealt to the Owen Sound Attack in exchange for three draft picks.
The Sting also announced this week that forward Jordan Addesi had been claimed off waivers by the Plymouth Whalers. Addesi was the Stingâ€™s fourth round pick the year they took Hargrave in the opening round.
As for the Greyhounds, the team parted ways this week with forward Mitchell Dempsey. Dempsey had appeared in just two games with the Greyhounds this season, picking up an assist. The Boston Bruins draft pick struggled to get into the lineup and had been a healthy scratch on many nights since being acquired in a trade with the Plymouth Whalers last season that saw defenceman Gianluca Curcuruto go to the Whalers.
The Greyhounds and Sting are one of seven games on the OHL schedule on Friday night. Also in action around the league:
- Kingston vs. North Bay (7:00 p.m.)
- Niagara vs. Barrie (7:00 p.m.)
- Saginaw vs. Owen Sound (7:11 p.m.)
- Guelph vs. Kitchener (7:30 p.m.)
- London vs. Sudbury (7:30 p.m.)
- Mississauga vs. Plymouth (7:30 p.m.)